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Chris Ismael
This post is intended to help data scientists and engineers who, in some capacity, have implemented routines/algorithms/data that does a specialized function (e.g. machine learning) using a dynamically typed language, such as Python.  The goal is to web-enable these routines/algorithms using an application programming interface (API). Exposing these functions/data as an API allows for:
    Easier, faster, and consistent sharing of functionality/data that could further progress the research.  A good example of this is the Materials Project from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  They deemed it necessary for the scientific community to have access to their data, hence exposing it as
Chris Ismael
Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. Natural Language Processing, or NLP, is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages. Here are useful APIs that help bridge the human-computer interaction: API # Title Link 1 Stremor Automated Summary and Abstract Generator Language Heuristics goes a step beyond Natural Language Processing to extract intent from text. Summaries are created through extraction, but maintain readability by keeping sentence dependencies intact. 2 Text-Processing Sentiment analysis, stemming and lemmatization, part-of-speech tagging and chunking, phrase extraction…
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We are proud to be part of the first Publishing Hackathon!  The organizers of the Publishing Hackathon are inviting designers, engineers, programmers, an entrepreneurs to spend 36 hours together in teams to developer a new approach to digital book discovery. The Publishing Hackathon will take place on May 18th and 19th at The Alley NYC, the leading digital co-working space in New York. The participants will be briefed by a cross-section of book publishing leaders, and then will form teams to create apps, websites, programming or businesses that can address the issue of book discovery in  this rapidly evolving…
Chris Ismael
Unirest.io Yesterday, we released our newest open-sourced project, which we named Unicorn. Unfortunately, that was also the name of two existing open sourced projects. We really dropped the ball, and have been working hard to clean up the mess.  Our apologies to anyone in the Ruby or Python community who was confused or pissed off.  Hopefully you can look past our mistake and see the value in this project. Since yesterday, we have decided on a new name, Unirest, which we think is a great fit for the project. We also made a new website, changed out all the…
Chris Ismael
Just a few days back we posted a List of 50+ Machine Learning APIs. Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. The APIs below are a Sentiment Analysis subset group from that Machine Learning API list.  Sentiment Analysis refers to “the application of natural language processing, computational linguistics, and text analytics to identify and extract subjective information in source materials.” We hope you’ll it find useful! API # Title Link 1 Text-Processing Sentiment analysis, stemming and lemmatization, partofspeech tagging and chunking, phrase extraction and named entity recognition. 2 ML Analyzer Text Classification,…
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UPDATE: We’ve got a lot of comments and suggestions on the ‘Unicorn’ naming. We apologize for the confusion and are working on finding a new name. Have a suggestion? Tweet us @mashape UPDATE #2: We picked a new name, unirest.io is up and running. UPDATE #3: Check our latest post on “Unicorn has become Unirest” Here at Mashape, we use a lot of open source. Our tech stack includes a lot of popular frameworks and libraries which have allowed us to rapidly iterate and develop what we feel is the best cloud API proxy and marketplace the universe…
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Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/2nmAe Into APIs now, Yoda is……
Chris Ismael
In this short tutorial we will use Python in our Mac Terminal to consume one of the Machine Learning APIs in this list.  Let’s pick DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo lets us define people, places, things, words, and concepts.  It also provides a list of related topics.  This is very useful if you want to get some context on a certain text. Although we’re picking DuckDuckGo, note that the steps below also applies to the rest of the APIs in the Machine Learning APIs list, and all Mashape APIs.  That means you can swap in and swap out APIs for…
Chris Ismael
Our very own Montana Flynn has released a new project codenamed the growth hacking manifesto. If you haven’t heard the buzzword yet, you’re probably not living in San Francisco. The project is a compilation of his own notes, experiments, and thoughts on all things user acquisition and retention. If you have a company, product, API, or are remotely interested in tech startups we suggest you take a look. In the first article, What The FSCK is Growth Hacking?, Montana explains what a growth hacker is and how they change the way we think of user growth. Here’s the…
Chris Ismael
Provide a better documentation flow Keep your documentation up-to-date Answer questions in sites like Quora Help developers in Stackoverflow Provide sample responses to your API’s endpoints Make your API easy to consume – RESTful, etc. Build relationships with fellow API developers Allow developers to comment/provide feedback to your APIs Provide freemium access Show health statistics of your API Join hackathons Host hackathons Create tutorials Build client libraries Craft verbose client library documentation Blog about your API and its progress Use other APIs Provide sample code Check what fellow APIs in the same category are doing Provide a test console Create…
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